Principal Guest Conductor

Ken-David Masur

Leipzig-born Ken-David Masur has been Principal Guest Conductor of the Munich Symphony Orchestra since the 2011/12 season. He is also Assistant Conductor to the Boston Symphony Orchestra and in the current season he will direct subscription concerts there and will conduct concerts at the renowned Tanglewood Festival.

Ken-David Masur was most recently described in the press as "fearless, brave" and "a vital force" (San Diego Union Tribune). In addition to his positions as Principal Guest Conductor of the Munich Symphony Orchestra and Associate Conductor of the San Diego Symphony in California, he conducts orchestras like the Boston Symphony, Dresden Philharmonic, the Russian National Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic, the Orchestre National de Toulouse, the New Philharmonic of Westphalia and Collegium Musicum Basel as well as the Rio de Janeiro Symphony Orchestra (Brazil) and orchestras in Hiroshima (Japan) and Memphis, Tennessee (USA).

From 2004 to 2006 Masur was Assistant Conductor of the Orchestre National de France and in 2007 was appointed Resident Conductor to the San Antonio Symphony. In 2010 he conducted the London Symphony Orchestra as one of three finalists at the renowned Donatella Flick Competition and has twice been the recipient of a Fellowship at the Tanglewood Music Festival, including one in 2011 from Seiji Ozawa.

Ken-David Masur gained a B.A. at Columbia University in New York, where in 1999 he was a co-founder of the Bach Society Chorus and Orchestra, of which he was the first Music Director until 2002. He received his first musical training from his father Kurt Masur at the Mendelssohn-Bartholdy College of Music in Leipzig, at the Manhattan School of Music in New York and at the Detmold Music College and the Hanns Eisler College of Music in Berlin. From 2002 to 2007 he was a master-class student there in the class of Thomas Quasthoff and thereafter he often worked as a choral director, some of his choirs being the Radio Choir of Paris, the London Philharmonic and the Academy of Choral Arts in Moscow. 

Ken-David Masur initially learned conducting from his father Kurt Masur and has been supported by a number of mentors since 2000, including Jorma Panula, Rolf Reuter, Larry Rachleff, Christopher Seaman, Helmuth Rilling, Stefan Asbury, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Christoph Eschenbach, André Previn and Vladimir Spivakov. He collaborates regularly with famous musicians like Gil Shaham, Emanuel Ax, Augustin Hadelich, Gerhard Oppitz, Benedetto Lupo, Alban Gerhardt, Joyce Yang, Alisa Weilerstein and Ray Chen.

Together with his wife, pianist Melinda Lee Masur, he is Artistic Director of the internationally renowned Chelsea Music Festival in New York City, which presents innovative programmes combining music, visual arts and culinary contributions at a variety of venues all over Manhattan for ten days in June every year.

(updated: November 2014) 

Photo: © Beth Ross-Buckley

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Sat 30 Sep
02:00 PM
Herkulessaal, München
Mozart: Ouvertüre aus "Don Giovanni" Mozart: Sinfonia concertante für Oboe, Klarinette, Horn, Fagott und Orchester Es-Dur KV Anh. I,9 (297b) Mendelssohn: Symphonie Nr. 5 d-Moll op. 107, "Reformations-Sinfonie"
Tue 10 Oct
08:00 PM
Prinzregententheater, München
Gemeinsam mit Schauspieler Max Müller präsentieren die Münchner Symphoniker die „Geschichte eines Nussknackers“ von Alexandre Dumas zusammen mit Auszügen aus Peter Tschaikowskys beliebter Ballettmusik.
Wed 25 Oct
08:00 PM
Herkulessaal, München
Bernd Alois Zimmermann: Stille und Umkehr Brahms: Konzert für Violine und Orchester D-Dur op. 77 Schubert: Symphonie Nr. 7 h-moll D 759 "Unvollendete" (fertig gestellt von Mario Venzago)
Thu 26 Oct
08:00 PM
Prinzregententheater, München
Brahms: Konzert für Violine und Orchester D-Dur op. 77 Schubert: Symphonie Nr. 7 h-moll D 759 "Unvollendete" (fertig gestellt von Mario Venzago)
Sun 05 Nov
07:00 PM
Herkulessaal, München
Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem op. 45
Mon 02 Oct
07:30 PM
Christuskirche, Bad Füssing
Mendelssohn: Ouvertüre zu "Die Heimkehr aus der Fremde" op. 89 Mozart: Sinfonia concertante für Oboe, Klarinette, Horn, Fagott und Orchester Es-Dur KV Anh. I,9 (297b) Mendelssohn: Symphonie Nr. 5 d-Moll op. 107, "Reformations-Sinfonie"
Sun 15 Oct
11:30 AM
TonHalle München
Auf der Grundlage der Hörbuch-Fassung „Man sieht auch mit den Ohren gut“ schrieb die Musikjournalistin Kerstin Unseld eine 1-stündige Bühnenfassung für Kinder im Alter von 6 – 12 Jahren.
Sun 22 Oct
07:00 PM
bigBOX Allgäu, Kempten
Bernd Alois Zimmermann: Stille und Umkehr Brahms: Konzert für Violine und Orchester D-Dur op. 77 Schubert: Symphonie Nr. 7 h-moll D 759 "Unvollendete" (fertig gestellt von Mario Venzago)
Sat 11 Nov
07:30 PM
Kongresshaus, Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin Ravel: Klavierkonzert G-Dur Beethoven: Symphonie Nr. 3 Es-Dur op. 55 „Eroica“
Fri 29 Dec
06:00 PM
Liederhalle, Stuttgart
Beethoven: Symphonie Nr. 9 d-Moll op. 125